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This is Hell! is a weekly radio interview show broadcast without the virtue of money or the vice of political agenda. Every Saturday morning, your bitter, blind, broke, gap-toothed host Chuck Mertz works off his hangover talking to the journalists, authors and activists working to make this world a…

This Is Hell!

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    The Warfare State Copromises our Welfare / Lindsay Koshgarian & Ashik Siddique

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2023 102:43

    Lindsay Koshgarian and Ashik Siddique, co-authors of the National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies report, “The Warfare State: How Funding for Militarism Compromises Our Welfare. You can check out there report here: LIndsay Koshgarian is Lindsay's work and commentary on the federal budget and military spending has appeared on NPR, the BBC, CNN, The Nation, U.S. News and World Report, and others. At NPP, her work is at the intersection of military and domestic federal spending. Ashik Siddique is a research analyst for the National Priorities Project, working on analysis of the federal budget and military spending. After the interview, Jeff fills us in on the codplast boom. Finally, Chuck and Will's favorite answer to this week's Question from Hell is revealed!

    Why Are We in Ukraine? / Benjamin Schwarz & Christopher Layne

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2023 94:40

    Writer and editor Benjamin Schwarz and international affairs scholar Christopher Layne join Chuck to discuss their recent Harper's article, "Why are We in Ukraine? On the dangers of American hubris." You can find their article here: Benjamin Schwarz was formerly the national and literary editor of The Atlantic and the executive editor of World Policy Journal. Christopher Layne is the University Distinguished Professor of International Affairs and the Robert M. Gates Chair in National Security at Texas A&M University.

    The Christian Roots of Antisemitism and Racism / Magda Teter

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2023 124:34

    Historian Madga Teter joins This is Hell! to discuss her new book, "Christian Supremacy: Reckoning with the Roots of Antisemitism and Racism" now available from Princeton University Press: . The work offers "a panoramic cultural and legal history that traces the roots of antisemitism and racism to early Christian theology." Jeff Dorchen shares another "Moment of Truth," followed by another installment of Renaldo Migaldi's Rotten History.

    J. D. Vance Changes the Subject / Gabriel Winant

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2023 72:00

    Historian Gabriel Winant on the N + 1 article, “J. D. Vance Changes the Subject: A senator from the unconscious.” You can find Gabriel's article here:

    Silent Coup: How Corporations Overthrew Democracy / Claire Provost & Matt Kennard

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2023 87:31

    Chuck interviews Claire Provost and Matt Kennard on their book, "Silent Coup: How Corporations Overthrew Democracy."

    Vegetarianism as Surveillance and Punishment in India / Sharanya Deepak

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2023 86:11

    Sharanya Deepak on The Baffler article, "India's Beef with Beef: Vegetarianism as a tool for punishment and surveillance." Also, 'The Past Inside the Present with Seb Wüepper.

    The Pregnancy was the Crisis, Not the Abortion / Charlotte Shane

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2023 88:23

    Writer and publisher Charlotte Shane on the N + 1 article, "Three Times: The pregnancy was the crisis, not the abortion." You can find Charlotte's N+1 article here: And some of her other work here:

    Sudan: Making Sense of a Senseless War / Alex de Waal

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2023 76:13

    Alex de Waal discusses the war inside Sudan and the impact of internal and external forces on the continued bloodshed.

    Decolonize Conservation / Ashley Dawson

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2023 82:28

    Ashley Dawson joins This is Hell! to discuss their new book, "Decolonize Conservation: Global Voices for Indigenous Self-Determination, Land, and a World in Common," co-edited with Fiore Longo and Survival International Ashley Dawson is currently Professor of Postcolonial Studies in the English Department at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY), and at the College of Staten Island/CUNY. He currently works in the fields of environmental humanities and postcolonial ecocriticism.

    The Green Growth Delusion / Christopher Ketcham

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2023 92:12

    Christopher Ketcham on his Truthdig article, “The Green Growth Delusion: Advocates of “Green Growth” promise a painless transition to a post-carbon future. But what if the limits of renewable energy require sacrificing consumption as a way of life?” Christopher writes for several outlets, including his journalism non-profit, Denatured. Jeff Dorchen muses about advice in a new The Moment of Truth. You can find Christopher's article here:

    Unmaking Asian Excepionalism / Gauitra Bahadur

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2023 91:29

    Gaiutra Bahadur on her Boston Review article, “Unmaking Asian Exceptionalism: On violence and the possibility of solitaries in America.” Chuck shares rotten history, and, in "Past Inside the Present," Seb looks at the history of the fairness doctrine.

    Peter Thiel's Dream of Capitalism without Democracy / Quinn Slobodian

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2023 80:46

    Historian Quinn Slobodian joins This is Hell! to discuss his new book, "Crack-Up Capitalism: Market Radicals and the Dream of a World Without Democracy." Quinn is the award-winning author of, "Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism," which has been translated into six languages. He is a professor of the history of ideas at Wellesley College. Then, Jeff Dorchen enlightens us with another installment of "The Moment of Truth."

    Worst Laid Plans: Foreign Policy Is Politics / Simon Waxman

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2023 83:28

    Simon Waxman talks about his Baffler article, "Worst Laid Plans: Foreign Politics is politics." Waxman is a senior editor with the Harvard University Press and his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Boston Globe, New Republic, LA Review of Books, Democracy Journal, the Baffler, and others.

    Bootstrapped: Liberating Ourselves from the American Dream / Alissa Quart

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2023 78:56

    Alissa Quart joins This is Hell! to discuss her new book, Bootstrapped: Liberating Ourselves from the American Dream. Alissa Quart is a journalist and executive director of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

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    Brandon Johnson Will Have to Beat Capital Strikes in Chicago / Kevin Young

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2023 86:55

    Historian Kevin A. Young joins us to discuss the challenges of capital strikes, institutional resistance, and potential allies and foes Chicago's Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson will face when he takes office on May 15. He recently published the Jacobin article, "Brandon Johnson Won in Chicago. Now His Movement Will Have to Beat Capital Strikes." Kevin is Associate Professor of History at University of Massachusetts Amherst where he teaches Latin American History. You can find his recent Jacobin article here:

    Silicon Valley Vs. Humanity / Malcolm Harris

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2023 80:52

    We have on Malcolm Harris to talk about his recent book Palo Alto: A History of California, Capitalism, and the World. Malcolm Harris is a freelance writer and an editor at The New Inquiry. And an all-new mind expanding Moment of Truth from our own Jeff Dorchen.

    Big Oil's Counterinsurgency after Standing Rock / Alleen Brown

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2023 79:30

    Returning to This is Hell! is the Intercept's Alleen Brown. Her work focuses on environmental justice issues. Her most recent article, co-written with Naveen Sadasivan is titled, "Oil and Water: After Spying on Standing Rock, TigerSwan Shopped Anti-Protest 'Counterinsurgency' to Other Oil Companies." The investigation is based on more than 50,000 pages of documents that were recently made public after the company behind the Dakota Access pipeline lost a court case to keep them secret. You can find the article, "Oil and Water," here:

    Secret Forever Wars and the Obscure Laws That Allow Them / Katherine Yon Ebright

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2023 77:34

    Katherine Yon Ebright joins Chuck to discuss her report, "Secret War: How the U.S. Uses Partnerships and Proxy Forces Wage War Under the Radar." She explains how security cooperation programs have led U.S. forces into unauthorized hostilities alongside foreign partners. Ebright serves as counsel with the Brennan Center's Liberty and National Security Program. You can read Katherine Ebright's report, "Secret War: How the U.S. Uses Partnerships and Proxy Forces Wage War Under the Radar," here:

    Fast Food's Bad Bargain For Black America / Naa Oyo A. Kwate

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2023 90:22

    We're joined by Dr. Naa Oyo A. Kwate who is on to discuss her recent book "White Burgers, Black Cash," about the affect of the Fast Food industry on Black America. Dr. Kwate is an Associate Professor of Africana Studies as well as an Associate Professor of Human Ecology at Rutgers University. Moreover we've got Rotten History and an all-new Moment of Truth from Jeff Dorchen! It's stacked!

    Living and Reliving the U.S. Invasion of Iraq / Rasha Al Aqeedi

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 10, 2023 82:00

    After a tongue-twister of a Danish hangover cure, Chuck interviews Rasha Al Aqeedi about her New Lines Magazine article, "Living — and Reliving — the US Invasion of Iraq." Rasha Al Aqeedi, formerly a 2018-2019 Robert A. Fox Fellow in FPRI's Middle East Program, is Managing Editor of Irfaa Sawtak (Raise Your Voice) and a researcher and analyst of contemporary Iraqi politics and political Islam. She is also a non-resident fellow of George Washington University's Program on Extremism. Previously, Rasha was a researcher at the Al Mesbar Studies and Research Center in Dubai, and an analyst at Inside Iraqi Politics. Her work on Mosul and Sunni politics is frequently cited by The New York Times, Washington Post, AP and Buzzfeed. Rasha received an M.A. in Translation, a B.A. in Translation, and a B.A. in Computer Engineering from Mosul University. Check out Rasha's New Line Magazine article here:

    The Lost Pandemic Tapes: Dissent at a Dead End / Malcolm Harris

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2023 74:20

    Our mystical foray into the This Is Hell vaults, retrieving never-before-aired interviews from early covid times, has reached its satisfying conclusion. Today we play an interview with Malcolm Harris, who in April of 2020 was talking about his then-recent book "Shit Is Fucked Up and Bullshit: History Since the End of History." As though that wasn't enough, we also provide ALL NEW answers to this weeks Question From Hell, and ask you to join our Patreon several times. (please do it's cold in this studio)

    Pandemic Tapes: Cuban Healthcare Shames Us / Helen Yaffe

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2023 76:29

    Our series of lost pandemic tapes continues: an interview from early covid times that was never aired on our home station WNUR: Helen Yaffe explains the ideological threat that Cuban's healthcare system poses to free market capitalism. And all-new Rotten History and your answers to the Question From Hell!

    On Coerced Labor and Work Without Employment

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 3, 2023 86:50

    Sociologist Erin Hatton explores the nature of coerced labor in America - as prisons, welfare programs and universities push workers outside the protection of traditional legal employment, employers wield increasing power to exploit and punish subjects with little protection and less bargaining power.

    The Tragic Legacy of the Iraq War / Murtaza Hussain

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2023 82:06

    We welcome Murtaza Hussain, a reporter at The Intercept who focuses on national security and foreign policy to discuss the horrendous aftermath of the Iraq War

    Monday March 27 2023

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 27, 2023 82:26

    Just as there is a lost cause narrative for the South White Northerners and Westerners have spun a related tale, and it's that they're all abolitionist.

    Weapons of Mass Distraction / Chris Toensing

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2023 81:37

    Today's episode takes us into the archives 20 years ago to the day. Less than a week after the United States military invaded Iraq, Middle East Report editor Chris Toensing spoke with Chuck about the narrative being spun at the time to frame the invasion as a preemptive defensive measure to remove an imminent threat to the United States. Little did Chris and Chuck know at the time just how much water the media would carry for the Bush administration and the imperialists at the Project for the New American Century. Then Jeff regales us with his vision of illuminated dog paws. Finally, a Question from Hell winner is announced.

    Freedom Dreams of Feminism / Robin D. G. Kelley

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2023 78:34

    Historian Robin D. G. Kelley returns to This is Hell! to talk about his essay titled, “Buried History: The Death and Life of Donald S. Kelley” Part of a collection of essays called “After Life: A Collective History of Loss and Redemption in Pandemic America." (Haymarket Books). Robin is a writer and professor of history at UCLA. His most recent book is "Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination"

    Botching the Coverage of a Bank Run / Dean Baker

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 20, 2023 78:35

    After a multipurpose hangover cure, Center for Economic Policy and Research Senior Economist and longtime friend of the show Dean Baker edifies us with his analysis of the mainstream media's irresponsible reporting on the failure of Silicon Valley Bank along with some remarks on how the financial system might be restructured. On The Past Inside the Present, Seb continues his series on Soviet history and the origins of US-Soviet relations with a discussion of the Great Patriotic War and its significance. You can follow Dean's musings on his Center for Economic Policy and Research blog, Beat the Press:

    Hyperviolent Supercops Assassinate With Impunity / Michael Gould-Wartofsky

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2023 85:32

    Writer, ethnographer, and human-rights activist Michael Gould-Wartofsky is onto talk about his TomDispatch article, "Welcome to the Predator State: Where the Scorpions on the Corner Just Might Kill You," which about the killing of Tyre Nichols by a Memphis police unit called SCORPION. And an all-new Moment of Truth with Jeff Dorchen: This week Jeff wants to conquer the world with a philosophy of radical underachievement.

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    Atrophy and the After Life in COVID-19 Infected America / Keri Leigh Merritt

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2023 72:01

    Tuesday, March 14th 2023, historian Keri Leigh Merritt returns to This is Hell! is co-editor of the collection, "After Life: A Collective History of Loss and Redemption in Pandemic America." This episode also features this week in Rotten History and new responses to the Question from Hell! Keri Leigh was a guest on the show back in 2017 to discuss a book that was selected as one of our listeners favorites of the year, "Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South." Keri Leigh Merritt is a historian, editor and an independent scholar. She earned her B.A. from Emory University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. Her first book, Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South (Cambridge University Press, 2017), won both the Bennett Wall Award from the Southern Historical Association, honoring the best book in Southern economic or business history published in the previous two years, as well as the President's Book Award from the Social Science History Association. Merritt is also co-editor, with Matthew Hild, of Reconsidering Southern Labor History: Race, Class, and Power (University Press of Florida, 2018), which won the 2019 Best Book Award from the UALE (United Association for Labor Education). She is currently working on two book-length projects for trade presses. Merritt also writes for the public, and has had letters and essays published in a variety of outlets. Most recently she released a self-narrated audiobook version of Masterless Men, and launched her history-based YouTube Channel “Merrittocracy.”

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    The Blood of the Congo Powers Our Tech / Siddharth Kara

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 13, 2023 85:04

    After this week's hangover cure leaves us in suspense, British Academy Global Professor Siddharth Kara shares his horrifying research on the exploitation and inhumanity at the heart of the cobalt mining industry in the Congo upon which current rechargeable battery technology relies. Sebastian then brightens the mood with the first of several segments on a subject which the Western public remains ignorant: the history of the Soviet Union. Spoiler: it's not all gulags and show trials, but there were still plenty of those.

    Ethiopia's New Dam Tilts the Balance of Power / Ann Neumann

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2023 85:22

    We have on Ann Neumann to discuss her new Baffler article: "Hydropower: A dam on the Nile roils democratic relations in the Horn of Africa" Jeff delivers a new Moment of Truth and the Question From Hell Contest freewheels into its cathartic culmination.

    Identifying American Violence / Ariane Chebel d'Appollonia

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2023 81:29

    Professor Ariane Chebel d'Appollonia joins us in Hell to discuss her book "Violent America: The Dynamics of Identity Politics in a Multiracial Society" This episode also features new responses to the Question from Hell and this week in Rotten History. Dr. Ariane Chebel d'Appollonia is a professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University–Newark. She is also a Senior Researcher affiliated with the Center for European Studies and Comparative Politics (Sciences Po Paris). Her research focuses on the politics of immigration and racism, management of diversity, urban/minority policies, anti-discrimination, security issues, xenophobia, extreme-right wing movements, immigrant integration, and European policies. She has taught at universities both in France and in the United States.

    Daddy DeSantis' Sunshine Imperium

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 6, 2023 81:31

    Journalist Jasper Craven discusses his Baffler article, "The Sunshine Imperium: The Militarism of Ron DeSantis." Chuck and Will review the latest hangover cure, Siberian (red) ginseng, and fresh responses from this week's Question from Hell. Seb's "The Past Inside the Present" segment edifies and terrifies with a deep dive into the differences between American and Soviet nuclear doctrines.

    Is the Next Pandemic Inevitable? / Caroline Chen

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2023 83:19

    Today we have on Caroline Chen to discuss her ProPublica series, "Roots of an Outbreak" And the Question From Hell flies right towards its effulgent fulfillment.

    Pretty Good Housing For All / Dan Kolbert

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2023 77:27

    Chuck interviews Dan Kolbert, co-author along with Christopher Briley, Michael Maines and Emily Mottram, of, “Pretty Good House: A Guide to Creating Better Homes.” Dan has been a carpenter and contractor in Portland, Maine, for three decades. He has written for various trade publications, including Fine Homebuilding magazine, and for the past 10 years has been moderator of the original Building Science Discussion Group in Portland, Maine, where the Pretty Good House idea originated. You can see Dan's work at Follow Dan's work on Instagram @kolbertbuilding This episode also features this week in Rotten History, written by Renaldo Migaldi.

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    Poverty Amid Plenty / Liz Theoharis

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 27, 2023 91:22

    Theologian, ordained minister, and anti-poverty activist Liz Theoharis is on to discuss her TomDispatch articles "Poverty Amid Plenty' and "Making it in a Poor World". Liz is Co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and director of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She is the author of, "Always With Us? What Jesus Really Said About the Poor," and, "We Cry Justice: Reading the Bible with the Poor People's Campaign." This episode also features this week's Hangover Cure and a Past Inside the Present from Sebastian Wuepper, PhD.

    Nationalize the Railroads Now / Kari Lyderson

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2023 90:28

    Journalist Kari Lydersen returns to talk about her In These Times article, "The Case for Nationalizing the Railroads." Plus, and all-new Moment of Truth and the Question from Hell reaches it's electrifying terminus.

    Clean Up or Cover Up? ChemTrain Capitalists & Lobbied Lawmakers Say "Trust Our Tests" / Prem Thakker

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 21, 2023 80:16

    Journalist Prem Thakker speaks with host Chuck Mertz about his articles in the New Republic about the the hellish Norfolk Southern train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, where residents have been told it is safe to return to the site of an intentional burn of 1.1 million pounds of vinyl chloride, a class 1 carcinogen, despite lack of comprehensive testing and many test results remaining inconclusive. This episode also features this week in Rotten History, and was produced by Lindsey Gorry Prem Thakker is an associate writer for breaking news at The New Republic. His work has appeared in The American Prospect, Washington Monthly, CNN podcasts, and his newsletter Better World. Find Prem's writing on the East Palestine here:

    Trump 2024 wants to Make Executions Exciting Again? / Asawin Suebsaeng

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 20, 2023 80:09

    Journalist Asawin Suebsaeng discusses his Rolling Stones articles "Twitter Kept Entire 'Database' of Republican Requests to Censor Posts " and "Trump Plans to Bring Back Firing Squads, Group Executions if He Retakes White House". This episode also features this week's Hangover Cure, new Question from Hell!, and a Past Inside the Present about Jim Crow Laws from historian Sebastion Wuepper.

    Remembering the "Good" War / Elizabeth Samet

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2023 88:30

    We have on Elizabeth Samet, author of, "Looking for the Good War: American Amnesia and the Violent Pursuit of Happiness." Elizabeth is a professor of English at West Point.

    Big Poultry Breeds Bird Flu and asks Consumers to Pay the Price / Boyce Upholt

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2023 75:53

    Boyce Upholt returns to This is Hell! to discuss his piece recently published by the New Republic, "The Frightening Cost of Cheap Eggs: Why paying more for eggs could save us from another pandemic". This episode also features this week in Rotten History and new responses to the Question from Hell. Boyce Upholt is an award-winning freelance writer focused on the way we use and imagine the non-human world. He covers, among other subjects, public lands, exploration, biodiversity, foodways, infrastructure, and the cultural history of ”wilderness.” His work has appeared in The Atlantic, National Geographic, the Oxford American, and many other publications, and has been noted in the Best American Science and Nature series. Boyce won the 2019 award for investigative journalism from the James Beard Foundation. He is currently working on a book about the Mississippi River—a history of what's been done to it and travelogue showing the results.

    Suppression of the Black Vote Fuels Fascism / Clarence Lusane

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 13, 2023 81:22

    Dr. Clarence Lusane joins This is Hell! to discuss his series of Tom Dispatch articles, explaining how MAGA fascists found inspiration in suppressing the black vote to storm the US Capitol on Jan. 6th 2021. This episode also features this week's Hangover Cure and a Past Inside the Present from Dr. Sebastian Wuepper. This Week's Question from Hell! If you could spy on anyone or anything in the United States, who or what would it be? Dr. Clarence Lusane is a full Professor, former Chairman of Howard University's Department of Political Science, and current Director of the International Affairs program. He is an author, activist, scholar, lecturer, and journalist. For more than 40 years, he has written about and been active in national and international human rights, anti-racism politics, Diaspora engagements, U.S. foreign policy, democracy building, and social justice issues such as education, criminal justice, and voting rights. He earned his B.A. from Wayne State University, and both his Masters and Ph.D. from Howard University in Political Science. His most recent book is The Black History of the White House.

    Revolutionary Palestinian Futures / Noura Erakat

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2023 80:54

    We welcome human rights attorney Noura Erakat who wrote the Boston Review article, "Designing the Future in Palestine: Palestinian women and feminist organizations are reimagining what liberation can look like beyond national independence." Noura is Associate Professor at Rutgers University, New Brunswick in the Department of Africana Studies and the Program in Criminal Justice, and author of, "Justice for Some: Law and in the Question of Palestine."

    The Revolution will not be Scheduled / Sheila Liming

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2023 84:52

    Writer, professor and musician Sheila Liming joins us in Hell! to talk about her recently published book, "Hanging Out: The Radical Power of Killing Time". This episode also features a Past inside the Present from Dr. Sebastian Wuepper and new responses to this week's Question from Hell! Which is "When we take over the means of production, what can we produce once in a while as a treat?" Sheila Liming is an associate professor at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, where she teaches classes on literature, media, and writing. She is the author of two books, What a Library Means to a Woman and Office. Sheila also plays the accordion and bagpipes. Twitter: @seeshespeak

    COVID-19, Continued / Rob Wallace

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 7, 2023 85:12

    Agroecologist and epidemiologist Rob Wallace returns to This is Hell! to discuss his new book, "The Fault in our SARS, COVID-19 in the Biden Era". Also featuring this week's Hangover cure and Rotten History. Rob Wallace is an evolutionary epidemiologist with the Agroecology and Rural Economics Research Corps. He is author of Big Farms Make Big Flu and coauthor of Clear-Cutting Disease Control: Capital-Led Deforestation, Public Health Austerity, and Vector-Borne Infection. He has consulted with the Food and Agriculture Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Coplovers Hit Back Against Reforms With Fearmongering / Katya Schwenk

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2023 81:59

    We have on journalist Katya Schwenk to discuss her Baffler Magazine article, "The Crime Wave That Wasn't." Faithful correspondent Jeff Dorchen explores ways to dissolve world Leadership. And the Question From Hell contest collapses into its barn-burning resolution.

    Fear of Black Consciousness / Lewis Gordon

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2023 78:59

    Dr. Lewis Gordon, department head and professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut, discusses his most recent book titled, Fear of Black Consciousness. This episode also features this week in Rotten History and new responses to the Question from Hell! Lewis Gordon is a philosopher at the University of Connecticut who works in the areas of Africana philosophy, existentialism, phenomenology, social and political theory, postcolonial thought, theories of race and racism, philosophies of liberation, aesthetics, philosophy of education, and philosophy of religion. He has written particularly extensively on Africana and black existentialism, postcolonial phenomenology, race and racism, and on the works and thought of W. E. B. Du Bois and Frantz Fanon. Find Fear of Black Consciousness at: Manufacturing dissent since 1996:

    For Tortuguita and the Trees: Stopping Cop City / Rachel Garbus

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2023 81:30

    Recorded Monday, January 30th 2023, we speak with Rachel Garbus, a writer and editor based in Atlanta. Rachel discusses her piece recently published on Welcome to Hell World titled, "Stopping Cop City, the murder of Tortuguita, and the trees that got us here". This episode also includes a new Question from Hell! and this week's Hangover Cure. Rachel Garbus is a writer, editor and oral history maker in Atlanta, GA. She writes for Atlanta Magazine, covering politics and arts & culture for print and digital. She is the culture editor at WUSSY Mag, with writing and podcasting about all things queer with a Southeast lens. She is the co-founder of Out Down South, a multimedia history project and podcast celebrating the stories of LGBTQ+ Southerners. She's on Twitter @rachel_garbus Manufacturing Dissent since 1996:

    The Lost Interviews pt. 3 / Max Haiven

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2023 84:08

    NOW IT CAN BE TOLD: we spin the never-before-aired-on-WNUR-because-it-was-the-start-of-covid interview from 3/25/20 with Max Haiven who had, at that time, just written the ROAR Magazine article, “No return to normal: for a post-pandemic liberation: Today, new forms of solidarity, mutual aid, and common struggle are emerging in the pandemic. How will they shape tomorrow's struggles for a post-capitalist world?” Also, from behind the paywall we retrieve Chuck's poignant recollection of his long-lived romantic partnership that requires no state sanction. And the Question From Hell contest careens towards its dazzling fulfillment.

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    The Lost Interviews Pt. 2 / Eileen Applebaum

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2023 75:41

    We revisit the strange times of the early 2020 Covid-19 pandemic social breakdown with interviews that never before graced the radiowaves of 89.3 WNUR, Northwestern University community radio across Evanston and North Chicago. At the time, we were locked down and out of the broadcasting studio. This interview was originally recorded on March 31st, 2020 with economist Eileen Applebaum about her article, "The U.S. Response to COVID-19: What's in Federal Legislation and What's Not, but Still Needed" written with Shawn Fremstad for CEPR. We consider it with 2023 hindsight and review the present week's Question from Hell! The entire past show exists on our website at: Manufacturing dissent since 1996:

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